*A New York Times and Publisher's Weekly Bestseller*
Finch Chamberlin is the newest transfer student to the ultra-competitive Ulalume Academy... but she's also not what she seems. Months before school started, Finch and her parents got into an accident that should have left her dead at the bottom of the river. But something monstrous, and ancient, and terrifying, wouldn't let her drown. Finch doesn't know why she woke up after her heart stopped, but ever since she's felt a constant pull from the school and the surrounding town of Rainwater, like something on the island is calling to her.
Selena St. Clair rules Ulalume Academy. She’s careful not to let anyone get too close to her…until she meets Finch. The two girls are instantly drawn to one another, even though Selena fears letting Finch in truly will change everything.
One night Finch, Selena, and her friends accidentally summon a something of immense power in the depths of the school. It promises to grant every desire the girls have kept locked away in their insecure hearts―beauty, power, adoration―in exchange for a price. But as the cost of their wanting becomes more deadly, Finch and Selena must learn to work together to stop the horror they unleashed, before it consumes the entire island.
This summer is going to get gory.
Two years ago, a small percentage of the population underwent a transformation known as the Hollowing. Those affected were only able to survive by consuming human flesh. The people who went without, quickly became feral, turning on their friends and family. Luckily, scientists were able to create a synthetic version of human meat that would satisfy their hunger. As a result, humanity slowly began to return to normal.
Cut to Zoey, Celeste, Valeria, and Jasmine, four hollow girls living in Southern California. As a last hurrah before graduation, they decide to attend a musical festival in the heart of the desert. They have a cooler filled with seltzer, vodka, and syn-flesh… and are ready to party.
But on the first night of the festival, Val goes feral and ends up killing and eating a boy in one of the bands. As other festival guests start disappearing around them the girls soon discover someone is targeting people like them. And if they can’t figure out how to stop it, and soon, no one at the festival is getting out alive.
Author of MY DEAREST DARKEST Kayla Cottingham's PRACTICAL RULES FOR CURSED WITCHES, a sapphic fantasy about a teen witch who must complete her calling by breaking a powerful family's curse, but her own affliction—to never find true love—gets in the way when she falls for one of the twins she's trying to save, to Hannah Hill at Delacorte, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in fall 2024, by Erica Bauman at Aevitas Creative Management